- KC Joyner, NFL Insider
The reaction to the LSU Tigers' dismissal Friday of Tyrann Mathieu, aka the Honey Badger, has been varied, but a SportsNation poll indicates a significant percentage of people believe this loss will cost LSU a shot at a national championship.
It is understandable why many people would feel that way, as Mathieu's playmaking ability led to key touchdowns in the Tigers' regular-season wins over the Oregon Ducks and Arkansas Razorbacks as well as an SEC title game victory over the Georgia Bulldogs.
As valuable as those skills are, however, a closer look shows that LSU should be able to absorb this loss with minimal impact on its national championship hopes.
KC Joyner writes that Tyrann Mathieu's suspect coverage skills and overrated playmaking ability make him replaceable and that LSU's title hopes won't take a hit following his dismissal. Plus, Mel Kiper gives his take on Mathieu's NFL draft stock.